The covers that weren’t

This one requires almost no exposition at all: the long, dark, cold, lonely path. Not only does our forthcoming book revisit that theme time and again, it’s also a pretty good way of describing any story. At least one worth reading.

This one also came from Google Street View. (See Jon Rafman’s stunning collection for many more.) Google doesn’t exactly come out and allow (or forbid) their Street View images for use in an e-book cover, so permission was always a question mark. But the composition of this photograph was never in question. As Rafman wrote in an August 2009 essay: “The world captured by Google appears to be more truthful and more transparent because of the weight accorded to external reality, the perception of a neutral, unbiased recording, and even the vastness of the project.”


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